Now that the pandemic is in our rear-view mirror, it’s time to plan a getaway with family and friends. Our calendar filled with fun things to do this summer. Land & Water Cruises run every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (11am to 3pm). Tickets are $45 per person. This is a great way to enjoy lunch in the air-conditioned historic dining room. After lunch, guests board the Starved Rock Trolley to take a ride on the Eagle 1. One-hour Illinois River Cruises are offered on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 2pm.Tickets are $20 per person. The most popular activity is the combo tour called “Visit at Canyon & a Boat Ride” offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am to 1:30pm (a snack, bottled water and souvenir drawstring backpack are included). Tickets are $35 per person. This tour includes a trolley ride, guided hike to see amazing examples of St. Peter Sandstone at Council Overhang and Ottawa Canyon, plus a boat ride along the Illinois River. Guided hikes are offered each weekend. Departure time is 10am and lunch (in a drawstring backpack) is included. Historic Trolley Tours are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (3pm departure). Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are required for all tours and hikes. Book online or call (815) 220-7386.
Why wait for the weekend for an overnight getaway? Whether it’s a family reunion, Girlfriend Getaways or a dream wedding, Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is close to home but worlds away. The unexpected beauty of the glacier-cut canyons, seasonal waterfalls and amazing bluff views are just what you need after being cooped up inside. Mid-week overnight packages are outlined on the Lodge’s website. Guests can choose a comfy hotel room or a cozy cabin in the woods with free parking (this is a fantastic benefit, especially on weekends).
If you’re a day-tripper, there’s nothing like having lunch on the Veranda at Starved Rock Lodge, where outdoor dining comes with the best view of the scenic Illinois River Valley in LaSalle County. Locally-made craft beer is on tap from Tangled Roots Brewery or try Starved Rock Signature Ale. The Grill Menu includes salads, grilled brats and burgers. There’s even a “Doggie Delights” Menu for your furry friends who are welcome in dedicated sections of the Veranda. If you’d rather cool off inside, the Back Door Lounge and Main Dining Room serve lunch and dinner daily. Live music runs every Friday night from 8-11pm.Sunsets are photo worthy and the mood is laid-back and relaxing.
If you want to stay indoors, don’t miss one of the Tribute to the Stars Shows in the cool comfort of the historic Great Hall. You’ll enjoy the live performances by talented tribute artists as they take you on a walk down memory lane. All matinees include a buffet lunch. Prices vary per show. Details are on the Lodge’s website.